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03-23-2013, 11:27 AM
Pessimism Revoked
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Originally Posted by BULKinen View Post

Barkov: "At this point his skating is the main area of concern..."

"Barkov is a creative with a very solid overall package and the skill set to compensate for his below-average skating, making him one of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft."

There are also other scouting reports that say skating and lack of speed/explosiveness is a weakness for Barkov. My eyes also tell me the same thing after watching him at WJC and in SM-liiga. If the scouts really thought that Barkov is a good skater and has a very good first step, Barkov would be number 1 in every rankings. He would be a really big center with great skating and great offensive skills and good defensive skills. Smells like a consensus number one pick to me. Barkov is third at best in rankings. Barkov has a weakness, just live with it.

How is a guy with 0.9 ppg in SM-liiga and poor skating NHL-ready?

And anyone who disagrees with you that Barkov is the greatest player ever and fast skater "loses credibility and hockey knowledge"? (whatever that means)
So you're basing your judgement on Barkov on a site that gathers stat information on players and a scouting service with no European contributors over actual scouts who rank Barkov as one of the best players in a draft said to have elite talent not seen for a long time?


Not to mention that just because its a weakness, doesn't mean its something that's going to make him a bust or even that its a huge weakness.

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